Frederick Douglass: Father of the Freedmen

Frederick Douglass was one of history’s great abolitionists and Freedmen. He was born into slavery in Maryland – the exact date isn’t known. After successfully escaping on his third try, Douglass rose to prominence and influence as an eloquent author, intellectual and human rights leader. He was the first African-American to hold high U.S. governmentContinue reading “Frederick Douglass: Father of the Freedmen”

Would Reparations Fare Better With An International Movement?

Recently, there was a conference held on race and reparations at the United Nations. It was painfully obvious to observe the nations that were NOT present. The United Kingdom, Canada, United States and several other European countries did not attend out of protest. According to Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US ambassador to the UN, said it (TheContinue reading “Would Reparations Fare Better With An International Movement?”

Juneteenth: The Charge of the American Descendants of Freedmen

I recently attended a Reparations Rally in Atlanta, GA hosted by the United Sons and Daughters of Freedmen https://www.usadof.org/ President and host of the Be the Power podcast Nyhiem Way El. The President (Marlon Watson) and Vice President (Arthur Ward) http://www.freedmenabsolute.com of our political advocacy group Freedmen Descendants of Chicago, representatives of other Freedmen politicalContinue reading “Juneteenth: The Charge of the American Descendants of Freedmen”

The Epidemic of Violence in Freedmen Communities

Summer in Chicago has arrived, and with it comes elevated incidents of gun violence. On July 22, 2020, reports came in that 15 people were shot outside of a funeral home on the South Side of Chicago. According to http://www.abcnews.go.com , “An unknown number of people inside a vehicle shot at a crowd attending aContinue reading “The Epidemic of Violence in Freedmen Communities”

The Physical and Mental Assault on Freedmen Descendants

Recent events that have transpired have caused me to do much reflection.  We as a nation have found out three separate individuals in three separate cities have lost their lives at the hands of the police or vigilantes. Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was chased by armed white residents of a South Georgia neighborhood.Continue reading “The Physical and Mental Assault on Freedmen Descendants”

Pandemic Racism: Can Freedmen Descendants Cope with the COVID-19 Infection in a Racist Healthcare System?

When America catches a cold, Black America catches the flu. This is a phrase that I heard on a conference call I attended with other medical professionals and social workers. We were engaged in a pertinent conversation on COVID-19 & Black Communities. COVID-19 has managed to be the number one topic in the world. ItContinue reading “Pandemic Racism: Can Freedmen Descendants Cope with the COVID-19 Infection in a Racist Healthcare System?”

The Effects of COVID – 19 will hit the Black American Population Worse – but not from what you think

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel Coronavirus COVID – 19 as a Pandemic.  According to their site, the WHO Director-General said: “WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels ofContinue reading “The Effects of COVID – 19 will hit the Black American Population Worse – but not from what you think”